August 12, 2012 12:52 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
Olympic athletes often make excellent contestants on Dancing with the Stars. Just look at Evan Lysacek. Or Shawn Johnson. Or Apolo Ohno. In fact, the latter two of these athletes will be appearing on the all-star season, aiming for a second mirror ball trophy. Now, the hottest swimmers of the Olympics are expressing their interest in joining Dancing with the Stars. They’re amazing athletes, but dancers? Who knows?
Ryan Lochte has already informed the world of his eagerness to join the world of reality TV, either as The Bachelor or a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. Never one to be outdone by his biggest rival, Michael Phelps has now added his name to the list of interested athletes. That’s good news for Lochte, who told Us that, as he’s “used to competing against Michael Phelps,” he’d definitely want his teammate on the show as well.
Although Phelps has expressed his interest in Dancing with the Stars, he’s decidedly more ambivalent about the whole reality TV thing than Lochte. “I haven’t really been known for my dancing. I know everyone who’s done it — I’ve talked to Apolo and Natalie [Coughlin] about it, and they said they’ve enjoyed it and had a blast. I won’t say I’m ruling anything out, who knows?”
Phelps adds that his ideal Dancing partner would be fellow Olympic swimmer (and DWTS alum) Natalie Coughlin. “She’s gone through it all before and Natalie and I have been on a lot of teams together.” S
Unfortunately for Phelps, the show doesn’t exactly work that way. And that’s probably a good thing. As disastrous as some of the contestants are already, they’d be one million times worse if they were paired with fellow non-dancers.
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